THE ZOO
CHRIS WILSON
NEWS
CONTACT
NOVELS
Gallimauf's Gospel
Baa
Blueglass
Mischief
Fou
The Word
The Ballad of Lee Cotton
Nookie
E-BOOKS
REVIEWS
TRANSLATIONS
AGENT/RIGHTS
EXTRACTS
IMAGES
LINKS
     
 


"A fascinating fable about the idiocy and cruelty to be found in isolated communities." Sjon, The Guardian

"This fine novel shows a keen pleasure and a real Swiftian ferocity and attack in its portrayal of social hypocricies." British Book News

"Written with a grace, style and wit that one all too rarely comes across... An exciting novel written with a force which makes it both fascinating and disturbing." Tribune


        On the island of the eccentric Lord Iffe in the outlandish West, a monkey is washed ashore, sole survivor of a shipwreck.

The islanders make her welcome in their fashion.

Identified as a Frenchman by Gallimauf, the philosophical doctor, Maria the monkey finds a central role in society, and a whole range of expectations imposed upon her. But the locals soon become wary of the unusual habits of the French, and curiosity turns to outrage. The foreigner must be taught a lesson...